One part of being pregnant this time of year is seeing race recaps and long run brags and feeling completely jealous (I do at least). It is legitimately tough not training for anything – unless you count childbirth of course. Saturday morning I ran my very first race since the marathon back in April – the Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center.
Now, remember I said I ran the race. I didn’t race the race. This was quite a new concept for me. The distance was a 5k, which is honestly the only distance I’m comfortable signing up for at the moment. It’s still pretty warm down here in Tampa, so I am not ready to up the mileage yet. Give me some mornings in the 60′s, and we’ll talk.
The gym I do personal training for was one of the sponsors, so a few of us went out and participated in the race. It was held in downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park, one of the best event spots in the city. It’s right on the Hillsborough River and makes for a great backdrop. The course was out and back, with a bridge right in the middle, so we ran over it twice. It’s always crazy how differently distances feel depending I what you are training for. I’m consistently running 3-4 miles right now, so a 5k seems like a decent distance. When marathon training, 5k’s are easy breezy!
The race was well executed, and depending on my training schedule next fall, I would consider doing it again. I appreciate races with hills, since most everything around here is so flat.
Running a race at 19 weeks is definitely humbling. I didn’t push myself whatsoever, and had a blast! Out of (bad) habit, I always look at my watch for splits, and I was just under the 10 minute mile mark. I ended up finishing a little over 29 minutes. Seems like an easy enough pace now, but I expect it to get slower as I get a bit bigger. My hips are starting to ache a bit, so I am hoping to get that handled before I have to stop running all together. I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen, but we shall see. Growing this baby is wayyy more important than a little bit of running.
Here’s to hoping I have a few more races in my (and Baby Baum’s!) future.